Birthday Parties Make a Difference

Birthday parties are an important rite of passage

Children’s birthday parties are important rites of passage, but they need not be elaborate affairs to be memorable events.

Birthdays, especially for children, are more than simply the acknowledgement of another year having passed since birth.  When kids are developing their sense of identity and understanding their place in the world, the acknowledgement of a birthday helps them to actually understand that they are growing older, increasing their status in society by another year.  In their early developmental period, the birthday party actually means in their mind that they are growing older, and without a party, they cannot increase their age.

As kids grow and mature, these parties may have a different significance, but they are no less beneficial to the social development of children as they learn how to interact with others their own age. Parties need not be elaborate to be meaningful, and there is an increasing trend towards simpler celebrations at home with themed activities rather than elaborate destination events that can easily expand a budget beyond established limits.  Whether or not a party is being hosted at home, the use of themes helps to establish a cohesive idea that can unify the various aspects of a child’s birthday and make it an event that will remain in their memory for years to come.

Birthday Parties Are Rites of Passage

While it’s easy to assume that a young child has a minimal understanding of a birthday party, numerous psychological studies have shown that a child’s understanding of their age is, in their developing years, tied intrinsically to having a birthday party.  Children don’t necessarily understand how aging works on a biological level, so they relate the actual event to how they become older.  The type of event held is far less important than the party itself, so potential expense or size has far less significance.

Additionally, as children get older, the distinction between aging and the party itself becomes separated, but there are still important aspects of parties that help a child grow socially.  Birthday parties are a wonderful opportunity for children to establish and maintain friendships with peers by interacting with them in a non-school setting.  Even as an attendee instead of the guest of honor, a child gets the chance to practice good manners and proper etiquette-both with people their own age and adults-with the use of “please,” “thank you,” and following instructions for various types of participation throughout the day.  The child having the party has the opportunity to learn graciousness when having others come to celebrate his or her important day, and when receiving presents can take the opportunity to thank their friends both in person and with a thank you card after the party to show their appreciation for the thoughtfulness of others.

Why A Home Party Is a Good Choice

An increasing trend is to have more intimate parties at home, moving away from parties at locations such as amusement parks and swimming pools.  With this type of party choice, a theme is a creative and fun way to make the event unique and special without the need for a destination to define its personality.

Some of the benefits of hosting a party in your home are:

  • The ability to control the menu within parameters parents are comfortable (a major reason for the new tendency to host parties at home) with an easier ability to apply any necessary dietary restrictions
  • A location that doesn’t have limitations on what type of decorations can be used or what hours the party can be held
  • Control over the budget and greater flexibility with which areas money can be most effectively spent.

Themes Help Make A Party

Lastly, a theme establishes cohesion when creating an event, which can help to keep a party within budget and while maintaining a memorable time.  A single idea can help determine the type of food served, the decorations used, even what activities can be created to keep children entertained throughout the day.  By determining these factors ahead of time, costs can be kept within reasonable parameters and a single idea can help expand the creative possibilities of the party.  And, most importantly, a themed party provides the opportunity for young ones to participate and plan with you, making the party a memory they won’t forget!

National Party Stationery allows you to begin creating the perfect party theme with our expansive array of invitations that can be customized to suit your planning needs.  Our prices will allow you to easily stay within your chosen budget and will add that personalized touch to make a special day that much more memorable for your child.

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